From time to time, I receive wines samples from wineries or their public relations agencies for review. I feature such samples on here on #WineWednesday Review. This week I’m featuring two blends from the Casillero del Diablo Devil’s Collection.
Casillero del Diablo is one of the many brands of Concha Y Toro, the largest producer of wines from Latin America and is one of the global leaders in wine production.
Legend has it that Don Melchor de Santiago Concha y Toro, who founded Concha Y Toro in 1883, created the wine legend of ”Casillero del Diablo” (which translates to the “Devil’s cellar”) when he spread rumors that the devil lived in the cellar to keep strangers away from his private reserve.
Casillero del Diablo is one of the most popular brands in its native Chile, and the most renown Chilean wine brand in the world. It is sold in 135 countries and they sell around three million cases a year.
I received two wines:
- 2013 Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Reserva Devil’s Collection White
2013 Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Reserva Devil’s Collection Red
The wines are the latest additions to the Casillero del Diablo range
2013 Devil’s Collection White Blend
The Devil’s collection White is a blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Chardonnay,and 5% Gewürztraminer from Chile’s Casablanca Valley. After fermentation, the wine was aged sur lie for at least 8 months in stainless steel. Retail ~$15; 13.5% alcohol.
My tasting notes follow:
Very pale green color with apple, lime, peach, and hints of honeysuckle and gooseberry aromas On the palate, it’s medium bodied with refreshing acidity, and a soft pleasing texture that envelopes ample apple, lime, grapefruit and a kiss of peach flavors. Lingering finish. Overall, this is an appealing, fresh, well-balanced balanced wine that delivers very good value for the money. Very good; 86-88 pts
Pair with: We enjoyed it with Chicken Pipian Verde, but it would also pair well with appetizers, goat cheese, or seafood dishes.
2013 Devil’s Collection Red Blend
The Devil’s Collection Red is a blend of 60% Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Carmenere from Chile’s Rapel Valley. Approximately 60% of the wine was aged in a combination of French and American oak for 9 months, while the rest was aged in stainless steel. Retail ~$15. 13.5% alcohol
My tasting notes follow:
Ruby color with plum, blackberry, a bit of plum and oak aromas. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied with good acidity, a smooth texture and easy black currant, blackberry, plum, vanilla and a bit of dark chocolate flavors Overall, another appealing, well-balanced wine with moderate complexity that delivers very good value for the money. Very good; 86-88 pts
Pair with: Burgers, tacos, tomato-based pasta dishes, and hard cheeses
Wine provided as a sample for review. Many thanks to Creative Palate Communications
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